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The Wager Wire: Week 4

It may have been Christmas, but the results of last week made most of our punters feel much more Ebenezer Scrooge than Santa Claus.

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Christmas week on the wire was a little odd. The downside: four of our six regulars lost money last week. The upside: the two that made money, Kevin and Andrew, made enough to make it an up week overall. (Not that it will make anyone feel all that better about things, naturally.)

There were even a few wins on the freebie bets that the banker offered last week, which helped mitigate the losses to an extent. But despite the Hurricanes’ best efforts to hit six goals last week on Whalers Night, they came up one short, so the banker avoids another week of needing to offer free bets.

So, where do we stand after three weeks? For five of our six bettors, not too bad at all. (And then there’s Brian.)

The Wager Wire Bank

Bettor Last week profit/loss Current balance
Bettor Last week profit/loss Current balance
Brian -$25.00 -$17.23
Zeke -$60.00 $126.85
Kevin -$33.00 $139.67
Cody -$50.00 $61.88
Andrew -$15.00 $122.10
Jake -$20.00 $4.71

So, onto this week! Lines are from Bovada and were accurate at the time they were placed.

Banker’s Bonus!

What would a Hurricanes-based betting column be without at least one Cam Ward challenge - and especially when he’s the presumptive starting goalie for the Blackhawks in the Winter Classic? And the banker’s going big this week - if Ward shuts out the Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium next Tuesday, the banker will give each bettor the amount that would have been won on a $5 bet for a Blackhawks shutout.


  • Caps to score first: I’d take Alex Ovechkin to score at any time, but unfortunately Bovada isn’t offering odds on that (they’re offering odds on two goals for Ovie, but quit digging when you’re in a hole and all that). So I’ll go with the next best thing, which is that the Caps will open the scoring. Seems like a solid fit since the Hurricanes coming off a break always look lethargic. -155 odds, $10 pays $6.45.
  • Parlay: Penguins -1.5, Blue Jackets, Wild. I need to make up some space on the standings table that’s rapidly running away from me, so I’m going with a few favorites to try to at least stem the bleeding. $10 pays $47.14.


  • Capitals win by one goal: In a total flip front their last game, I’m betting we’ll see a typical Canes low scoring affair where they fall just short. +550 odds, $8 pays $44.
  • Flyers win by 2 goals: Come on Carter Hart! +1100 odds, $8 pays $88.


  • Capitals to win -2.5: Since I will be live in attendance it’s safe to say the Caps will win, because hockey exists to make me sad. +255 odds, $10 pays $25.50.
  • Parlay: Penguins -1.5, Bruins -1.5. They play against the Red Wings and Devils print that money. $15 pays $59.


  • Hurricanes to win +1.5: As long as Brindy gives the SAT line time to grow into the game, I’m confident we can match their scoring because I have a certain level of distrust in the Caps goalies. -190 odds, $10 pays $5.26.
  • Sabres first to three goals: They showed me up last time. This time, the Blues are getting shelled. +145 odds, $6 pays $8.70.


  • Capitals to win -1.5: +160 odds, $5 pays $8.
  • Parlay: Capitals, Lightning, Sabres. $5 pays $19.09.


  • Is on vacation this week, so the banker is giving him an excused absence. He’ll be back next week.